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By Hazel Scott/ASU
On the heels of Black History Month comes the newest addition to Alabama State University – The Montgomery Interpretive Center at Alabama State University.
The 11 a.m. March 25 Grand Opening is just in time for the 55th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965.
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Superintendent Meyers reiterated that since ASU and the National Park Service has entered into a partnership that partnership is only continuing to grow.
“This is a journey of love,” Meyers said. “Ninety-five percent of the work that’s been done in this building has been done in-house or by local contractors.”
Grand Opening Activities
The activities leading up to the grand opening includes:
- A sneak peek of the Interpretive Center on Saturday (Feb. 29) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday (March 1) from 8:30 to 6 p.m.\
- A foot solders’ reception will be held on March 22 at 2 p.m.
The day of the Grand Opening there will be a student march starting at the Ralph D. Abernathy Hall, music by the Hornets Marching band, booths, food and other activities.
Location and Exhibitions at Interpretive Center
“The center also will feature exhibits and educational programs,” said Meyers. “There will a little bit of everything. We will present the film, ‘Once Upon the Facts,’ to the facility,” said Meyers.
The Interpretive Center‘s location is strategic. It’s located adjacent to ASU’s football stadium on Harris Way, and across from the homes of civil rights icon Ralph Abernathy and singer Nat King Cole.
This center is the third and final civil rights Interpretive Center along the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights Trail. The other interpretive centers are in downtown Selma and in Lowndes County.
The trail was used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and tens of thousands of men and women who marched the 54 mile route in 1965 for the right to vote.
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Ross said he believes very strongly in the value and power of education to transform the lives of students for the better and he believes the new Interpretive Center will do that.
The 14 internships are funded by the National Park Service.
“These interns will be Alabama State University students and they will be working in this building,” Meyers said. “The interns will help run the Interpretive Center.”
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